Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Holiday Sweets and Baking

Almond Sugar Cookies


Enjoy some of our favorite Christmas and New Year’s recipes

Sweets and baking? It must be holiday season!

This week we’re collecting some of our favorite recipes (both sweet and savory) that we think you’d particularly enjoy this time of year.

Ready, set, glow!



Christmas Stollen

Holiday Baked Goods
Chocolate Fudge with Nutella

Holiday Sweets and Desserts
Pfeffernüsse Cookies
Holiday Cookies
Italian Sesame Cookies

Happy Holidays!

We’re taking off the rest of the year. But we’ll be back the first second Wednesday in January with a new post.

We wish each of you a wonderful holiday season. See you next year!


84 comments:

  1. What a yummy sweet collection of holiday treats! I can't take my eyes off from the chocolate fudge :-)))
    Have a wonderful cookie season!

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    1. Hi Angie, that fudge is delish. :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  2. The weight is piling on just from thinking about all those delicious treats! Your friends and family are really lucky if you are sharing. Have a great Christmas and New Year.

    best...mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Mae, we never make all of this the same year -- although it's fun to contemplate. :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  3. Ok so I'll have one of everything please! This the season for amazing treats! The Pfeffernüsse Cookies are particularly calling me. Happy Holidays!

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    1. Hi Evelyne, one of everything coming up. :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  4. Have a glorious Christmas! Enjoy the baking and especially the after effects of baking deliciousness!

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    1. Hi Anne, we'll definitely enjoy both the baking and the after effects. :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  5. So many scrumptious desserts and baked goods to choose from. Wishing you very Happy Holidays!

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    1. Hi Denise, lotta goodies here. :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  6. We just got back from Bavaria, Germany where there were Christmas markets in every town and SOOO many baked goods. I definitely had my share of the stollen :)
    Have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy all the goodies!

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    1. Hi Dahn, we haven't visited the Christmas markets -- would love to. :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  7. So many delicious options! My kids always love decorating sugar cookies, no matter how old they are. Wishing you and your a family a wonderful Christmas!

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    1. Hi Laura, sugar cookies are great, aren't they? Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  8. Those not-too-sweet Italian Sesame Cookies look terrific. Especially during the holidays, when we're in sugar overload mode.

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    1. Hi Terry, those are a wonderful cookie! Really worth trying. :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  9. All of your recipes look very good, my favorite are the rum balls. Fröhliche Weihnachten John!

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    1. Hi Gerlinde, rum balls are hard to beat! :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  10. So here you are in my inbox after a long time. The Comcast god giveth and taketh away, but I don't know why. I'll just enjoy you and Mrs Riffs for as long as I can. May it be merry and bright!

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    1. Hi Susan, no idea why you haven't been receiving email notifications -- weird. Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  11. Delicious collection and I totally agree about the Pfeffernusse!

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    1. Hi Amy, that's such a great cookie, isn't it? Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  12. Thank you so much for this list John. I've been doing more treat baking this holiday and I see a couple more ideas in this list. Tonight I just found out what a Pfeffernüsse Cookies was and can't wait to try them. Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season!

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    1. Hi MJ, Pfeffernüsse are wonderful! Really. Worth. Having. :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  13. What a fun post.That Nutella fudge is calling my name. Again and again! :-)

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    1. Hi Valentina, that Nutella fudge is dynamite stuff. :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  14. What a great selection! We just finished our cooking making yesterday and the best part is always the time we spend together in the process. :)

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    1. Hi Judy, time together in the kitchen is so much fun, isn't it? Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  15. So many things to try here, great ideas!

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    1. Hi Caroline, :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  16. Lovely collection, Merry Christmas to all of you.

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    1. Hi Amira, they're fun, aren't they? Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  17. Hmmm. If I'm going to do it this year I better get baking! Thanks for the inspiration. GREG

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    1. Hi Greg, you've been really busy so you have an excuse for being late with your baking. Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  18. No Churn Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream and ALL THE CHRISTMAS COOKIES ON THE FACE OF THE PLANET FOR MEEEEE please! Hot damn I loved those things!

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    1. Hi GiGi, that ice cream is wonderful! As are the cookies. :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  19. John, those Italian Sesame Cookies look like something I need to make very soon! Happy baking!

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    1. Hi Jean, you really do need to make those cookies -- they're wonderful! :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  20. I gained weight just looking at this wonderful list! I think the first thing I will tackle is the Stollen! Wishing you and the Mrs. a wonder-filled holiday!

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    1. Hi David, my mom used to make Stollen every Christmas Eve. Love the aroma of it baking! Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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    1. Hi Lea Ann, thanks! And Merry Christmas, Happy New Year -- in short, Happy Holidays! -- to your and yours. :-)

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  22. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! What a lovely way to end 2018!!

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    1. Hi Liz, terrific way to end the year! Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  23. Happy Holidays! I'm eyeing that nutella fudge...

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    1. Hi Lydia, that fudge is good stuff. :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  24. Everything on this list looks so good. Merry Christmas to you and yours :D

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    1. Hi Emma, lotta fun stuff here. :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  25. I love your cookies. They're so old-school (which are the best IMHO). You stollen, though, in order to be traditional, is supposed to be stolen, isn't it? At least it was in the neighborhood I grew up in. ;-) Merry Christmas!

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    1. Hi Jeff, you steal our Stollen and you're in BIG trouble. :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  26. What a great collection of recipes, John. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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    1. Hi Frank, we love Christmas baking! Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  27. Happy Holidays John! I am a Christmas sweet baker too. Thank you for sharing such fab recipes.

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    1. Hi Deb, Christmas baking is the best, isn't it? Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  28. Mmm, Italian sesame cookies. I am all over those. Happy holidays to you! Hope it's a sweet one

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    1. Hi Carolyn, those are GREAT cookies! :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  29. It would be hard to decide which I like best although Christmas stollen is certainly one of my flavors. Wishing you both a wonderful Christmas.

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    1. Hi Karen, I know -- so many choices, right? :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  30. Everything looks amazing and so festive☺☺

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    1. Hi Natalia, we love festive stuff! :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  31. Such a beautiful array of goodies. I made nothing! I'll be making something sweet for my husband's birthday in February, but normally I just don't bake, unless it's yeasted bread. Partially because there are no kids here anymore.

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    1. Hi Mimi, we don't bake a lot these days, but we always enjoy thinking about it. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  32. What a great array of holiday goodies, John! Thank you for sharing them. Hope you and Mrs. KR had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you both all the best for the new year! :)

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    1. Hi Anne, we had a great Christmas, and are looking forward to a fun New Year celebration. :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  33. So much wonderful baking to be had here - and happily for me - it is winter in Minnesota and the baking doesn't stop after Christmas. I am eyeing those breads. I concur on the French Toast and the meringues in strawberry sauce are the perfect break from heavy eating. Wishing you all the best in 2019 and beyond.

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    1. Hi Claudia, meringues are SO GOOD! Love 'em. :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  34. This post sparked lots of foodie holiday memories. First of all, I made baking powder biscuits this morning! Zabiglione was one of the first desserts I made for my new in-laws (back in the day), and Pfeffernüsse always reminds me of spending a couple of very special holidays at Big Cedar Lodge. (They used to leave these in the rooms...don't know if they still do.) HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Thanks for the list of goodies!

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    1. Hi Debra, delighted to spark some happy memories! Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  35. I could go for one of these cookies right now, already poured the tea. I've enjoyed all my visits in 2018, looking forward to 2019. Happy New Year.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Hi Amalia, love tea with cookies! Such a great combo. Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  36. A delicious collection! I hope you've been enjoying the holiday season and Happy New Year!

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    1. Hi Amy, we've had a wonderful holiday season thus far. Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  37. Gosh, that Chocolate Fudge with Nutella sure looks good. It's obvious you've been blogging a long time, with your posts going back to 2011. I note that Mimi says she doesn't bake any ore since "there are no kids around anymore." I'm in the same situation, however I still bake because the food tastes so good. Unfortunately, the weight continues to pile on!

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    1. Hi Fran, we're basically kids, so baking still works for us. Sometimes. :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

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  38. Just wanted to stop back by to with you both a very Healthy and Happy New Year.

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    1. Hi Karen, thanks! And same to the two of you. :-)

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  39. Hope you had a lovely holiday John! I seemed to have missed this post. I'm so sorry that happened as your Pfeffernüsse Cookies look killer good. Have these on the menu for 2019 holiday baking for sure. Wishing you a super 2019

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    1. Hi Bobbi, Pfeffernüsse really ARE killer good, aren't they? :-) Thanks for the comment, and hope your holidays were happy. :-)

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  40. Happy New Year John! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome collection of recipes, it sure can be used all year round.
    Have a wonderful week ahead!

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    1. Hi Juliana, thanks for the comment, and Happy New Year!

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  41. Wonderful roundup, John! Your crunch drop cookies are calling my name!! Hope you had a wonderful holiday season and Happy 2019!!

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    1. Hi Marcelle, those crunch drop cookies YELL at me. :-) They're really good. Thanks for the comment, and hope your holidays were wonderful.

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